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Police Warning of Phone Scams by People Posing as Sheriff’s Deputies

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San Rafael police are warning residents about a recent phone scam with a man posing as a sheriff’s deputy, police said today. San Rafael police said they began receiving reports from residents on Saturday about a man who was identifying himself as a sheriff’s deputy and telling residents they had outstanding warrants for their arrest or had missed jury duty and needed to post bail immediately to avoid being arrested. Police said law enforcement agencies do not conduct those types of phone calls.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Department is also aware of this phone scam and have received similar reports, police said. Police are asking residents not to follow through with the suspect’s demands and to contact law enforcement if they receive a similar kind of call. People with caller-ID are encouraged to record the incoming phone number and relay it to police. Police said they are following up with leads to identify the impersonator.

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